Rainbows & Farmers Markets

(Originally posted September 23, 2012)

Rainbow Umbrella - Farmer's Market in Golden, CO
Rainbow Umbrella – Farmer’s Market in Golden, CO

If I’m having a bad day, I know I can always count on this picture to cheer me up.

Whenever we’re in Golden, Colorado, we make a point of checking out the farmers market that they host downtown every Saturday during the summer.  It’s a small, but really nice, farmers market with the requisite touches of the Colorado vibe – most people are walking around with their dog, kids are riding in buggies attached to the back of their parents’ mountain bikes, chile peppers are being roasted fresh on site, and an old western horse-drawn carriage takes folks on free rides through historic downtown.  They have something to offer everyone, and for us, that’s the food!

People may not think of Colorado as a place where there are a lot of farms because of the mountains, but the state produces gobs of great produce and some of it comes to Golden each summer weekend.  For us, it simply turns into an easy breakfast.  And while I may have a taste of the fresh fruit and the veggies, my sweet tooth usually makes a beeline for the fresh bakery goodies!  (Side note – I always marvel at how this particular bakery is able to churn out so many great breads & pastries at altitude because baking can be really hard to do well in Colorado… but that’s a different story for a different time!)

On this day, our trip to the farmers market involved breakfast as usual and we scored some seats at one of the tables scattered throughout the lot.  While we were munching away, the sensationally bright colors of the umbrella at our table caught my eye.

No matter how many times I look at this picture, every time I see it, it makes me smile.  Hopefully it brightens your day a little too…



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